Big Black’s aggressive and abrasive music was characterized by distinctively clanky guitars and the use of a drum machine (who they lovingly called Roland) elements which pre-cursored industrial rock. The band acknowledged no taboos and Albini’s lyrics openly dealt with loaded topics including murder, rape, child sexual abuse, and racism. They also held staunch principles, shunning the mainstream music industry and insisting on complete control over all aspects of their career. This podcast attempts to tell a portion of the history of the band from the perspective of their ep Bulldozer through their first full length record Atomizer. (Marking a transition from a project purely conceived by Steve Albini into a cohesive band with the added influences from collaborators Santiago Durango and Dave Riley.)
This episode is co-hosted by Russ Forster and includes interviews with band members Santiago Durango, Steve Albini, and Jeff Pezzati, including extra interview material with friend and fellow songwriter/musician Camilo Gonzalez. Lastly an audio piece written by journalist/novelist/radio personality Jim DeRogatis.
Russ Forster is a perennial dabbler in the underground and eccentric. Past exercises in cognitive dissonance include Underdog Records, 8-Track Mind magazine, documentaries So Wrong They're Right and Tributary, and various and sundry bands and acts like his current extreme-solo project Rakehell.
Assistant Editor: Jason Brow of the 6ftplus Podcast.
This month, John runs through selected sequential recordings from the catalog of Crimpshrine.
Containing interviews with band members Aaron Cometbus, Jeff Ott, Pete Rypins, Paul Curran, and Jesse Michaels. Also containing interviews with Engineer/Producer Kevin Army.
The Angry Samoans 1982 Release of Back From Samoa
Interviews by band members:
• "Metal Mike" Saunders
• Gregg Turner
• Todd Homer
• Bill Vockeroth
• Jeff Dahl
Biographical pieces written by
Angry Samoans guitarist PJ Galligan recited by Beauregard Marie.
Plus Jughead's Basement regular: Eric T. Roth
co-edited by Jason Bro
Strange Jason is an alter ego for Jason Brow, who grew up many years and many miles removed from punk and anything interesting. He has since been playing catch-up. He’s the voice behind the Six Foot Plus podcast, a showcase of the creepy side of music, found online at 6ftplus.com.
This particular podcast is dedicated to PJ Galligan who passed away from cancer in may of 2014.
In this edition of Jughead's Basement, John turns over an old log to see what's growing on Adrenalin O.D.'s 1986 release, Humungousfungusamongus.
Featuring interviews with band members Paul Richard, Jack Steeples, Dave Scott, and Bruce Wingate.
Also featuring an interview with Buy Our Records representative, Lenny Sblendorio, and a performance piece from Jim Testa.
In this episode John and friends stand back up the Queers' 1996 album, Don't Back Down. Featuring interviews with band members Joe King and B-Face, producers J.J. Rassler and Mass Giorgini, and contributors Wimpy Rutherford, Lisa Marr and Les Hernandez.
Also featuring performance pieces from Sara Ramone and Kevin Aper.
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In this episode, John cuts deep into the Jazz Butcher's 1984 album, A Scandal In Bohemia. Featuring interviews with band members, Pat Fish, Max Eider, Owen Jones, and David J.
Also featuring performance pieces from Brian Nemtusak and Scott Hermes.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, John and friends resuscitate the Mr. T Experience's 1996 album, Love Is Dead.
This edition features interviews with all of the '96 era member's of the band; Frank (Dr. Frank) Portman, Jym Pittman, and Joel Reader. Along with producer Kevin Army, and Lookout Records Representative Christopher Appelgren.
Also featuring performances pieces from Michael T. Fournier and Evan Hanover.
"Ba Ba Ba Ba Ba" : Michael T. Fournier has written a novel titled "Hidden Wheel" as well as a book-length discussion of the Minutemen's "Double Nickels on the Dime" album (for the 33 1/3 series). He is the editor of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal, and plays drums in Dead Trend. He and his wife Rebecca live in Western Mass with their cat.
"Thank You (For Not Being One of Them)" : Evan Hanover is an anthropologist by day and a dramaturge and photographer by night. This is the latest in a string of collaborations with John Jughead, many of which have been with the Neo-Futurists, with whom he is an Artistic Associate. Also, he sincerely would like to thank you for not being one of them.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, Naked Raygun's 1985 release, Throb Throb, is examined. This episode features special guest co-host, Dan Vapid.
Interviews with Naked Raygun:
Interviews with Steve Albini (Producer & Engineer of Jawbreaker and Nirvana. Musician in Big Black and Shelac.)
Steve Walker on "Metastasis"
Eric T. Roth on "On/I Don't Know"
Jim DeRogatis on "Managua"
Closing song: "Rat Patrol" covered by Cheaper By The Case in 1997 by my friends: Mark Montgomery, Fritz Doreza, and Eric Mahle.
In this episode of Jughead's Basement, The Feelies' 1986 release, The Good Earth, is gone over with a fine-toothed comb.
Featuring interviews with Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Brenda Sauter, and Stan Demeski of The Feelies. Also featuring pieces from Jim Testa, Jim DeRogatis, Edmund O'Brien, Audrey Zee Whitesides, and John "Jughead" Pierson himself.
Track 2: On The Roof - Jim Testa is the Boss at JerseyBeat.com, which began as Jersey Beat fanzine in 1982, so he's been around forever. He is a weekly columnist for The Jersey Journal/NJ.com and a regular contributor to several other print and online publications.
Track 5: When Company Comes - Jim DeRogatis is an American Music Critic and co-host of Sound Opinions. DeRogatis has written articles for magazines such a Spin, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer, and for fifteen years was the pop music critic for the Chicago SunTimes.
Track 6: Let's Go - Edmund O'Brien was born in London, reared in New Jersey, grew up in Manhattan, became a husband in Chicago, and a father in Los Angeles. He's back in Chicago where he teaches comedy writing, music and improv at The Second City Training Center. You can catch him and his wife improvise around town as Sheila's Sister.
Track 7: Two Rooms - Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle.com, WONDER, and Bone Bouquet among others, and she's the author of two handmade chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.
In this episode, our attentions are turned to the Lillingtons 1999 release, Death By Television.
Featuring interviews with Kody Templeman, Tim O'Hara, Cory Laurence, Mass Giorgini, Dan Lumley, and Fat Mike.
Also featuring pieces from Tor Egil Frostelid, Greg Allen, Sara Ramone, Jeromy L. Corp, Sam West, Nick Miner, and Eric T. Roth.